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Obituary: LEONARD, Irwin

There passed peacefully away, early yesterday morning, at his residence in Fry Street, Grafton, a man who in his time played a prominent part in the development of this district, viz., Mr. Irwin Leonard. Deceased, who had passed the allotted span of three score years and ten, was a very old resident. He was a farmer at Alumny Creek in the early days, and as such was one of the founders of the Grafton Dairy Co., which originally had its factory on the banks of the creek. One of his sons (Mr. H. P. Leonard) has for years been a director of the company.

Many years ago, the subject of this notice became crippled through rheumatism, and death came to him as a great relief from long years of pain and suffering patiently borne. By reason of this affliction he was obliged to relinquish active work, since which time he had lived a quiet and retired life in this city, though he still retained a lively interest in district matters, such as the Alumny Creek flood refuge, of which he was chairman of trustees for very many years.

He leaves a widow, two sons and four daughters, these being Messrs. H. P. Leonard (Alumny Creek), W. S. Leonard (Great Marlow), Mrs. Scarr (Raymond Terrace), Mrs. E. Hotchkiss (Grafton), Misses. Jennie, May and Kate Leonard, who reside at home. The late Mr. Leonard was a man of kindly disposition and sterling character, and he was held in the very highest esteem and respect by a large circle of friends. The remains are to be interred this afternoon in Grafton cemetery.

At yesterday?s annual meeting of the Grafton Dairy Co., the chairman of directors (Mr. W. C. Thorold) referred feelingly to the passing hence of their old friend and colleague, and moved that a letter of condolence be forwarded to the widow and family. The motion was carried by all rising in silence.

To the bereaved family we, too, extend our sincere sympathy in their great loss. ?To live in loving hearts we leave behind is not to die.?

Reprinted from The Grafton Argus, issue dated Friday February 22, 1918. Ref. C036

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